27 June 2011


I haven't done a photography post in a long time. I recently got an adapter for my M42 lenses for my Micro 4/3 camera. So I figured in celebration of being able to use my lenses again, I'd post a little.

21 June 2011

Tutorial: Tailoring your own shirts

The finished product: an appropriately form-fitting shirt. Yay!

When I worked for Apple, there was a time where their employees nifty shirts only came in American Apparel sizes for men. I hate the frumpy look of them, being rather petite (not to mention flat chested!), so I'd tailor them in.

During maternity, I had some size Large shirts that I purchased. Well, I'd like to still wear them without looking majorly frumpy. So I tailor them down. It's rather simple and for any crafter this is probably useless information, but I did have a couple of co-workers once upon a time that were excited at such an prospect so this is dedicated to them. :)

First I turned my shirt inside out so I could make markings on it. I always chose a tee that I wanted my shirts to be sized down to match. You trace the outline of the desired sized tee on to the shirt you are working on.

Cut along the lines you've traced and then pin around the newly trimmed shirt. Sew a zig zag or overlock stitch around where you've trimmed. Turn inside out. Finished!

19 June 2011

A day for Joshua

Josh's first father's day... He's come a long way in a very short time. Being a father gives him a sense of maturity, a beloved obligation, and something he's always wanted: his own family. Unfortunately, he had to work some today. But I think he enjoyed the rest of his day none the less.

Joshua, you are a wonderful, loving, fun father that any child would be lucky to have. I always thank God I was given you as a soul mate and to be the father of my children. Happy father's day, husband. Aviva and I love you so very much.

16 June 2011

Small Style No.1

This outfit was a gift from one of my best friends, Dina, and her mother at the baby shower. I squealed with delight when I got it and I squeal with delight when Aviva wears it!

Dress and bloomers: Penelope Mack, Nordstrom. Headband: Circo, Target.

See the cute bloomers! <3 Mama and Aviva.

My first time participating in Small Style at Morgan's!

14 June 2011

Tutorial: Minky Nursing Pads

 Minky Nursing Pads

I am probably not the only one who can't stand the way the papery disposable nursing pads feel. They are over priced and additional waste to the environment that we really don't need. There had to be a greener option. So I decided I wanted to make my own nursing pads so I did research on materials up to the task. Lots of folks choose fleece or flannel for their outer layer, but I wanted something that wicked the moisture through to the core really well.

Enter minky. It's super soft against the skin (much unlike disposable nursing pads) and keeps the you dry. Let's say there is some leakage... Shortly after, you can't even feel it against your skin! I choose flannel as a thin absorbent core so they wouldn't get bulky and these feel absolutely fabulous.


Here's a quick how-to
(Makes one set of two)

Cut out four circles of minky fabric 4 to 5 inches in diameter and another four of the flannel. Some people use CDs to measure theirs, while I used a small bowl.

Pin two pieces of flannel between the minky pieces.

Sew around the outside of the circle using an overlock or zig-zag stitch or if you are the lucky owner of a serger, serge it. (My machine, the Singer Curvy, has an overlock stitch, kind of like a zig-zag and straight stitch in one.)

Voila! You are done!

13 June 2011

Spinach Mushroom Quiche

A little background... This past week was the holiday of Shavuot, celebrating the receiving of the Torah by the Israelites. The Ten Commandments are read this week as a part of the weekly reading portion. One tradition for Shavuot is eating dairy meals. Since we had not yet received the Torah, we did not know how to properly slaughter animals to eat meat on the holiday.  Instead, we prepared a dairy meal to celebrate receiving the Torah.

1/2 cup butter or substitute (1 stick)
1 small onion, chopped
6 oz. chopped spinach
4 oz. chopped white mushrooms
2 oz. herb and garlic goat cheese
4 eggs beaten
1 cup milk
3/4 cup cheddar
salt and pepper to taste
1 9-inch unbaked deep dish pie crust

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2.  Melt butter on medium heat in skillet and saute onion in butter. Mix in spinach, mushrooms, and goat cheese.
3.  In bowl, beat together eggs and milk. Season with salt and pepper. Add grated cheddar cheese and pour mixture from skillet into bowl. Mix.
4.  Pour contents of bowl into the pie crust.
5.  Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Sprinkle the rest of the cheddar cheese on top and bake for another 10 minutes. You'll know it's done the same way you know if brownies are done: clean fork test. Allow to stand for 10 minutes or so before tucking in!